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drillpress iwould like to restore someday

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 02:48 AM

I think that was used to build ships or barns.

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 03:38 AM

I believe that was used for drilling the mortise in post and beams construction.

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 04:31 AM

Ive heard this type refered to as a”post drill”. Would love to see it restored…. ;)

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 10:10 AM

It’s often called a boring machine and was used to hog out the mortices on post and beam buildings. To use it, you would lay it on the beam, line it up, then sit on the “wings” of the base to hold it down while you cranked it.

Roy Underhill demonstrated one on his show once.


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#5 posted 12-15-2011 11:08 AM

What an incredibly interesting boring machine :D

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 03:58 PM

I have one exactly like it. I found it at an auction about 15 years ago up in MN. I think I paid about $35 for it. It is in perfect condition with little or no rust and a nice patina on the wood.

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 04:34 AM

That is one cool tool! Restore it sooner than later. Good luck!

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